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  • The Wind Pad Joins the Eee Pad to Take on the iPad



    Competition in the global marketplace for tablet computers is growing. And while Apple isn't necessarily looking over its shoulder just yet, the era of the "pad" is clearly taking hold as everyone seems to be gearing up for an attempt at capturing some of the iPad's gargantuan market share.

    On Monday, MMi covered Netbook PC pioneer Asus' first tablet offering, the Eee Pad, which is gratuitously boasting iPad alternative attributes like Adobe Flash compatibility, a USB port, and even a camera. But the Eee Pad is now joined by another tablet similarly introduced at the Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan this week. And, together, these two fresh offerings have some industry analysts speculating that Asia may soon give rise to the next big thing in tablet computers - at least in overseas markets.

    When it comes to challenging the iPad, MSI professes to be ready for battle with its "Wind Pad," a tablet that will be available with Windows 7 or Google's Android operating system. Either versions sport a 10-inch touchscreen, a 1.66-GHz Intel Atom processor, 2 GB of system memory, and a 32-GB SSD. The MSI product will reportedly run less than $500 and be available this year. Makers of the Eee Pad, on the other hand, have not yet announced a potential release time frame for its new device. But both new "pads" are expected to be priced well below Apple's iPad.

    Although no one knows for sure if MSI and Asus will strike gold with their tablet PCs, in a world where two million iPads are sold within the first 60 days of launch, there is clearly major market demand for these products. And, as a result, the environment should prove friendly to any substantive tablet offering.

    Of course, it's yet to be seen just how "substantive" the Wind Pad and Eee Pad will ultimately be.

    Image via Geeky Gadgets
    This article was originally published in forum thread: The Wind Pad Joins the Eee Pad to Take on the iPad started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 58 Comments
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      I would be curious to see all that running hands on. It all sounds great in theory. I've used a few netbooks with XP and want to toss them out the window after 15 mins. I also can't ever adjust to the mini keyboard. I spend more time correcting myself than I do actually typing.
    1. wiiwet's Avatar
      wiiwet -
      I can't wait for the Wind Pad, there could be dual boot with Win 7 and Android together and MAC OS X just like my wind netbook but lighter. what i want to know is the battery life......
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Quote Originally Posted by adp View Post
      Here's why (I assume):

      iPad = 1Ghz A4 Processor
      This = 1.6Ghz Intel Atom Processor

      iPad = 256Mb RAM
      This = 2GB RAM

      iPad price (32Gb) = $599
      This (same storage) = $499

      This: Native Multitasking
      iPad: No

      This: 2 USB ports
      iPad: no

      This: HDMI Output (720p)
      iPad: no

      This: Camera
      iPad: no

      This: Windows 7 OS
      iPad: Modified iPhone OS
      This: No angry birds
      iPad: angry birds
      i rest my case
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      so, we get to choose between windows 7, and android.


      hmmmmm, easy choice!
    1. Success.Is.Sweet's Avatar
      Success.Is.Sweet -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      I would be curious to see all that running hands on. It all sounds great in theory. I've used a few netbooks with XP and want to toss them out the window after 15 mins. I also can't ever adjust to the mini keyboard. I spend more time correcting myself than I do actually typing.
      Anything you care to see in particular? I could make a video.
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      I'm gonna wait and see when this becomes available to see the complaints as well
    1. jokerg7's Avatar
      jokerg7 -
      I heard at computex that Microsoft have some watered down version of windows 7 for tablets?

      Anyone else heard about this...ill try find an article and post it up


      edit: Article...its called windows 7 embedded?
      http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/03/m...type-hands-on/
    1. dillonsmith9147's Avatar
      dillonsmith9147 -
      Quote Originally Posted by adp View Post
      Directly for Microsoft:



      1. Check.
      2. Check.
      3. Check.

      These are for the Full-PC windows 7. This will run the Windows 7 for Netbooks, which I suppose requires slightly less HD space.

      Windows 7 System Requirements
      although i'm pretty sure it will be a watered down version of win7 id love to see you run any windows os from xp up on the minimum requirements and see how it goes, trust me, from my time building computers, the lowest specification for a windows computer should usually be taken b 1.5 to run ok
      also i still think if the wetab ever becomes available in the US it would be better than any of them because not only does it run the android designed for much lower than the atom 1.66 it also runs linux applications so you have both android and linux apps to choose from
    1. iphnblues's Avatar
      iphnblues -
      i would love to see how this thing handles android or even Ubuntu or any of the Linux family
    1. Doran's Avatar
      Doran -
      I'll wait for the Devs to open up all the possibilities for the iPad. I'm sure that they will soon be able use the camera kit to it's full USB potential.....
    1. iTouchNinjaz's Avatar
      iTouchNinjaz -
      Quote Originally Posted by gaBzii View Post
      Ok so i have an iPad...jailbroken its not the most amazing thing ever, but definately pretty cool...camera connection kit gives me the external hard drive space i crave.

      Although i would without a doubt get that msi windpad if it does hold up well. My only issue is windows 7...its gonna be slow with just 2gb?

      Besides i reckon if you give the ipad a couple of generations it will be stellar! (i hope)
      I have Windows 7 with just 1GB of RAM and it runs fast. Even Mac runs pretty well with just 2GB.
    1. kamu's Avatar
      kamu -
      many rumors are coming out that hp, dell, Eee pad, Wind pad and many more tablets are coming with much better specs compare to iPad… maybe those are not just rumors and many will do come out by end of this year or early next year… and the important thing is everybody is so happy that those (non-apple) tablets have so nice specs and camera options and usb ports and etc but till today the only tablet available is iPad… and everybody knows till the good tablets come out people have no other option but to buy iPad… and for today i guess iPad is rocking even the specs are low but still it is very cool thing to have right now… if other tablets are coming by end of this year or early next year i’m sure apple will bring their upgraded model of iPad which will take over the market… again !
      and this will keep happening but that is future… right now we can enjoy our iPad which is sooo amazing i must say…
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      That thing is ugly!!! IMOP... And I am done with Microsoft. 100% MAC now and loving it! ;-)
    1. fletch33's Avatar
      fletch33 -
      i have a 64GB iPad and am really enjoying it but really bought it because there wasn't another option in this game that compares and my house is full of Macs and i enjoy Mobile Me.

      in the last 3 years i have owned 5 different netbooks. i just kept selling them and getting new ones cause they kept quickly getting better. my last 3 i had setup with a triple boot of W7 Ultimate, OS X 10.5, and Ubuntu and all 3 of them ran great on all 3 of these OS's. since it seems windows 7 is the main topic of discussion i wanted to say that with the 1.6GHz and 2GB of ram W7 ran with no problems for me and in fact ran just as well as XP did on them.

      more ram would be a blessing on the iPad. i just checked mine in SB settings and i have 36MB left and nothing running with backgrounder. i find this low memory to be a constant for me and am tired of using the memory cleaning tool all the time to get back above 75MB free.

      my hope is that one of these companies can replicate the touchscreen abilities that Apple has since i find that to be something that no other phone or device has been able to do and i have a LOT of cell phones.

      i personally prefer The Android OS over the iPhone OS when put on the right device. i look forward to a full non phone based Android OS and hope that it is an option for me before the end of the year. i will have to wait and see what the reviews have to say.

      i say reviews which is probably BS cause if i believed the reviews from sites i trust i would probably not be enjoying typing this on my iPad right now
    1. Nerd's Avatar
      Nerd -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Windows 7 with a 1.66 Ghz single core Atom processor = FAIL. This is barely enough power to run XP on a netbook. The OS itself may not be "crippled" as you all say above compared to the iPad OS but the processing power required to run multitasking or gaming or any significant program WILL be crippled by these specs. Also the touch support for W7 sucks at the moment.

      The second this is released is the second everyone will start complaining about it's sucky battery life and lack of performance.
      Wrong!The 12″ model, Eee Pad EP121, will be more powerful and meant to compete with laptops will run Windows 7 Home Premium on an Intel CULV (Consumer Ultra Low Voltage) Core 2 Duo processor, but Asustek hasn’t announced a price or launch date for this model as of yet.And they claim this core 2 Duo will last 10 hours battery.

      iSlate | Asus Eee Pad EP101TC, EP121, Tablet and E-reader: a Complete Review

      http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/hiner/?p=4675

      http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/...le+Feedfetcher
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Windows 7 with a 1.66 Ghz single core Atom processor = FAIL. This is barely enough power to run XP on a netbook.
      UMMM where are you getting this from? I have a netbook running windows 7 starter that is at 1.8ghz and it runs perfectly fine. The battery life is also right around 6 hours. Sure it's not 10, like the ipad, but I can also do a hell of a lot more with it. The saving grace is the amount of RAM these things have. Windows doesn't innately require a super fast CPU to run...

      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      There is no such thing as "Windows 7 for Netbooks". After all the Googling I've done it's the same OS and takes up the same amount of HD space after installing. A windows experience level of around 2.5 is all you can expect with these specs which will disable all the flashy Aero UI stuff which is the only thing that makes W7 worth using.
      It is called Windows 7 Starter. It is (almost) exclusively used for netbooks. That said, if all you can find in Windows worth using is the Aero UI, it isn't much worth discussing the topic with you. You are obviously closed minded if you think iPhone OS is preferable over a full Windows OS.

      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post


      What specifically can (or want) the eeePad or the Wind Pad do with Windows 7 that the iPad can't do with an app from the App Store? You must take hardware limitations into consideration. Please don't give ambiguous retarded answers like "anything I want.. it's a full OS!" as this does not specifically answer the question or compare/contrast the two devices.
      Watch Hulu, for starters!
      But "anything I want, it's a full OS" is about on par too
      I am namely looking forward to a full featured firefox and just a UI that doesn't consist of a bunch of boxes. I say this, but I probably won't get one of these either. I have no need for one.
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Thanks for that. I looked up the requirements for Windows 7 Starter, and this is what they say
      System Requirements

      Processor speed:
      * Minimum: 800 megahertz (MHz)
      * Recommended: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or higher

      RAM:
      * Minimum: 384 megabytes (MB) RAM
      * Recommended: 512 MB RAM
      So to conclude, this tablet can definitely handle Windows 7. Can it do a whole lot more than iPhone OS? Yes. How do you solve the space issue? USB Ports = external hard drive. End of story.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      There is no such thing as "Windows 7 for Netbooks". After all the Googling I've done it's the same OS and takes up the same amount of HD space after installing. A windows experience level of around 2.5 is all you can expect with these specs which will disable all the flashy Aero UI stuff which is the only thing that makes W7 worth using.
      Lol so true. The Aero UI is sooo nice and the only thing worth using W7 for. That's the one thing Mac OS X is missing, a nice new UI. Maybe games as well.

      MS should just make a W7 Touch,